|Milky Way through a gated fence at Triangle-X Ranch, Grand Teton N.P. ~ © Royce Bair|
|L-R: Original, after "S"-Curve contrast, perspective correction, final image ~ © Royce Bair (click to enlarge)|
The hardest part of the process was selecting the sky (over one hour), in order to save this as a channel for the rest of the process. But the time spent selecting all the sky and stars above and inside the gate is key to one's success. Photoshop's "Magic Wand Tool" will select about 90% of the sky and small stars for you (keep the "Tolerance" down to about "10", and just keep clicking with the shift key held down to add more sky). The real work comes when you have to take the Lasso Tool and manually add those stars and areas close to the gate that you were not able to get with the Magic Wand!